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Captain DEwell Inactive Member19 Dec 2015 3:11 p.m. PST

I was previously unaware of this Cold War scenario, declassified by the Poles in the mid-2000s, and thought it might interest other fellow TMPers who had not read it. It is based on a NATO attack on the Warsaw Pact – that's a first, isn't it?


Fatman Inactive Member19 Dec 2015 9:50 p.m. PST

Actually no all the Warsaw Pact scenarios started by an attack by the Evil hordes of NATO which were would be stopped by the defensive forces of their peace loving organisation. Who would immediately counter attack and liberate the oppress masses of Europe. I mean how could it happen any other way?


Weasel20 Dec 2015 12:34 a.m. PST

The experience of ww2 weighed heavily on the Soviet culture, and political doctrine dictated that war between communism and capitalism was inevitable.

Martin Rapier20 Dec 2015 2:56 a.m. PST

Indeed, the Soviets genuinely expected to be attacked again after their sorry experiences with the west in the previous few hundred years. Hence their rather confusing strategic posture of War avoidance, but operational posture of all out attack (mainly based on operational experience in WW2). Allen Curtis used to explain it all so well before his untimely death.

Anyway, all the NATO exercises started with a Warpac attack, so what's the difference?

zaevor2000 Inactive Member20 Aug 2016 4:21 p.m. PST

a possible German war of unification may have given many Soviet top staff nightmares… ;)

sjpatejak05 Sep 2016 4:56 p.m. PST

How did they intend to reach the Pyrenees without being nuked by the French? Why did they expect the Czechs to do anything to help them, especially after 1968? Why would the US nuke Poland? Any president to do so would never carry Chicago again.

Vostok17 Inactive Member06 Sep 2016 1:50 a.m. PST

Hello, sjpatejak!

And did they were not going to do it. If in the next plan declassified some former Warsaw Pact countries plan specified the use of nuclear weapons, we can safely assume it's just a speculative assumption of the military leadership of the country. In reality, none of the Warsaw Pact countries, except the Soviet Union, did not have access to a Soviet document uses related to a nuclear strike.

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